Mobile apps vs. traditional social networking (Kik / Snapchat)

Lori Getz, MA Technology Expert, shares advice for parents on how to be sure that your children are downloading safe and appropriate mobile applications
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Mobile apps vs. traditional social networking (Kik / Snapchat)

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Social media has a whole new face in a mobile environment. It's no longer Facebook, although Facebook is still very popular. We need to be looking at things like Kick, Snapchat, and Instagram. They're going to continue to change. I can say these right now, but in 2 weeks, there may be something new. So parents, what you really need to know is about downloading mobile restriction on these mobile devices and on these tablet devices. If your child is under 18, they are not supposed to have any type of social network at all. And even Kick and Snapchat, you're supposed to be 17 in order to have these things. So in a mobile environment, you can look at the restrictions and set the downloads to only things that are 4+, 9+, and then you can turn off 12+ and 17+. That will stop them from getting to new apps and new technology that you don't know about until they ask you for it first.

Lori Getz, MA Technology Expert, shares advice for parents on how to be sure that your children are downloading safe and appropriate mobile applications

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Lori Getz, M.A.

Technology Expert

Since 2004 Lori has worked as an Instructional Technologist in Los Angeles, CA. She has a Master of Arts in Educational Technology from San Diego State University and is certified by isafe.org as an Internet Safety Specialist. In September 2008 Lori founded Cyber Education Consultants and began speaking to students, parents, and educators about Internet safety, security and ethics.  Since that time Lori has reached out to Internet users across the world!  Her mission is simple- to help bridge the gap between a young generation of digital natives and their parents and teachers. 

Today, Cyber Education Consultants provides workshops, professional development and consulting services to more than 100 schools across the country.

Lori is an educator, mother, and Internet safety expert.  She has appeared on the "Dr. Phil Show," "Today," "HLN," “Dr. Drew” and several other local news and radio programs (including the Ryan Seacrest show on KIIS FM).  She often lectures live, speaking to parents, teachers and students. Lori has been published in several areas including as an online expert for momlogic.com and kidsinthehouse.org.  Most recently was featured in Rachel Simmons’ new edition of “Odd Girl Out” and Lucie Hemmen’s, Ph.D “Parenting a Teen Girl.” She is currently working with the “I Have a Plan” series to develop a children’s book on online safety.  Her insight comes from both her professional and personal life working with children, tweens and teens.  

 

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